The Frigidaire FFCE1638L[S] is part of the microwave oven
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, countertop microwave oven
models like the FFCE1638L[S] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This reflects how evenly a model reheated a dish of cold mashed potatoes.
This is based on how well the automatic-defrost program defrosted one pound of frozen ground chuck.
Speed of heating:
This score is based on the temperature rise of water heated in the microwave.
About This Brand
Frigidaire currently offers few over-the-range microwaves but is rolling out its new high-end Electrolux line. A wave-touch model with bottom controls will be available. Current Frigidaire models are sold for $250 to $450 at retailers nationwide.
Features & Specs - Frigidaire FFCE1638L[S]
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) Capacity as listed on the product or packaging.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.)
Watts This is the manufacturer's figure of the microwave power output. In general, the more watts an oven offers, the greater its cooking power-and the faster your food will be cooked. That said, differences in claimed wattage of 100 watts or less are unlikely to result in significant differences in performance.
Convection mode A few microwaves include a convection oven feature, which has a heating element and a fan that distributes heat. In convection mode, you can set the oven temperature as you would in a traditional oven to bake or roast items.
Sensor Controls the cooking and reheating time automatically. It shuts off an oven when it determines (usually by sensing steam) that food is hot enough.
Detailed prompts Display offers instructions to guide you through the cooking process.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless-steel is stylish, but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
Reheats well, but unevenly. Pops popcorn quickly.<br /><br />After cooking time expires, it beeps incessantly, every five seconds until you open the door. Really annoying!<br /><br />Programming error in the clock reads am/pm incorrectly at midnight. It is unimportant, but does indicate a bit about the attention to detail.